DCL MS. B.II.18St Augustine, Sermons on the Gospels
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

St Augustine's Sermones de verbis Domini et Apostoli (a series of sermons based on text from the Gospels). It was probably created in Durham at the beginning of the 12th century.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mcf95jb46t.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+167+i f
Size: 330 mm x 236 mm


Modern pencil foliation

Secundo folio: Vixit unum annum

I3(i.e. 4 with 1st leaf cancelled),II7(i.e. 8 with 1st leaf cancelled),III-XX8,XXI10,XXII3 (i.e.4 with 4th leaf cancelled)

Signatures: Contemporary signatures, small Roman numerals, on the final versos (lower margin centre) of quires.

Written in late Caroline Minuscule



Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards with 2 metal clasps (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the mid 19th century)

Manuscript history

Probably written in Durham, start of 12th century.


Probably the eighth item on the list of books donated to the Priory by William of St Calais (in DCL MS A.II.4). Recorded in the Cloister library catalogue 1395 (DCL MS B.IV.46), f.22v under Libri Augustini, F. Inscription f.5r “Augustinus super Iohannem De communi libraria monachorum dunelm”. Press marks F (f.2r) and E (f.5r), and 1a 3i altered to 2a2i (f.1r).

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.2v-3v
Modern title: Table of chapters
Original title: Capitula
Rubric: Incipiunt capitula sancti Augustini episcopi in libro de uerbis domini.
Language: Latin

f.1-2r originally blank

(b)     f.4v-199v
Modern title: St Augustine, Sermons on the Gospels
Original title: Sermones de verbis domini et apostoli
Author: St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430)
Incipit: Agite penitentiam approprinquabat enim regnum celorum
Rubric: Incipit sermo sancti augustini doctoris ypponiensis episcopi de uerbis domini in evangelium secundum mateum
Language: Latin

Microfilmed by the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Copies held by them and Durham Cathedral Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. B.II.18 - Augustine, Sermons on the Gospels
Digitised March 2017 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project


Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae cathedralis Dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss.   OCLC citation, Surtees Society 7, (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, [1838]).

Browne, A. C., "Bishop William of St. Carilef's book donations to Durham Cathedral Priory", Scriptorium 42 (1988) 140-155

Mynors, Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century. Ten plates in colour and forty-seven in monochrome. With an introduction [including a list of all known Durham manuscripts before 1200]   OCLC citation, (Durham: 1939)

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